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by Micro Focus Employee in Information Management & Governance

Global supply shortage to continue this year

 Before the pandemic that began two years ago, the global supply chain was aligned with the demands of just-in-time manufacturing; but during the course of the pandemic, this approach was hampered, the pandemic caused port delays, transport aircraft shortages, and component manufacturing stoppages that have resulted in extreme uncertainty in delivery times, resulting in in turn caused more interruptions.

However, the stressful part is that this is unlikely to be the only major crisis in the coming years, and further global supply chain disruptions and shortages stemming from such crises will most likely continue to occur.

What started as a “pandemic problem”, has quickly turned into a long-term crisis affected by other causes like the China–United States trade war, the 2021 drought in Taiwan or more recently, the war between Russia and Ukraine. Read also "Why the global supply chain mess is getting so much worse", CNN Business.

As the current global situation has awakened many to the reality that future disruptions are inevitable and unpredictable, the industry has begun looking to technology to help them build resiliency and flexibility in their supply chains.

The idea is to reduce certain risks by using the right technology to:

  • Improve visibility of potential risks.
  • Try to predict future demand through analytical models based on big data.
  • Improve inefficient and outdated processes that lead to higher inventory, transportation, and operating costs.
  • And optimize the response capacity and implement the necessary changes in the right time.

The Global Chip Shortage

The approach is leading to a digital transformation in which the types of information being created (and required for the aforementioned enhancements in the industry) are changing from the traditional database-based work product (often referred to as "structured data") to a more freeform style of content that includes documents, images, audio, video, and social media.

This digital transformation leads us to another topic, the growing need to have technological systems regardless of the industry or vertical to which we refer. And, consequently, to a new situation of scarcity in the technology sector. 

At the same time that we started to see a global supply problem in 2020; the IT industry started to suffer from a global chip shortage. It is a global crisis in which the demand for integrated circuits (commonly known as semiconductor chips) exceeds supply, affecting more than 169 industries based on an analysis by Goldman Sachs, with the automotive and consumer electronics industries among the most affected.

Due to these circumstances, the U.S. Department of Commerce launched in September 2021 a request for information on the semiconductor supply chain that gave new insight into the complex and global semiconductor supply chain. This request shows that median demand for chips surged 17% from 2019 to 2021 without a proportional increase in the supply.

Results from Semiconductor Supply Chain Request for Information by U.S. Department of Commerce and Notice of Request for Public Comments on Risks in the Semiconductor Supply Chain

At this point we must make a brief distinction between the types of technology chips in the industry. “Leading-edge chips” are basically the newest and most advanced nodes and around 10nm and below by 2020 and expected to be around 5nm by 2030. These leading-edge chips powers cloud systems, advanced servers, laptops, and even smart phones. On the other side we have the “Trailing-edge chips” that are older or mature nodes at about 16nm and beyond. Quite often many core processors, especially those created for the autos, medical monitoring equipment, and a multitude of other products are built using these latter, much larger nodes.

In the end, both are essential building blocks for a growing number of products in the different industries and both suffer from availability problems due to the global shortage.

Big Data Explosion and the need to optimize backup costs

As we have seen before, the world is going through a digital storm. On the one hand, the world is moving towards a digital transformation to foresee and anticipate potential crises and where the need to implement new systems prevails; systems that generate a large volume of information that is used by both companies and end users in what is has come to be called “big data”. A world where important business data is highly disparate: it exists not only in server applications, but also on employee and personal devices.

As new information is created and handled within the enterprise, the IT department and its backup administrators and operators are challenged to protect critical information assets on a much larger scale.

Some of these challenges are the following ones:

  • More data means more data to protect.
  • More data stresses data protection SLAs.
  • Remote and distributed office operations create unique challenges.
  • Restoring data is an essential capability and requires the right approach.

But the current worldwide situation means that many projects must be postponed due chip shortage and the delivery problems of the different manufacturers.

To address this situation, Micro Focus developed a new software deduplication engine (AKA DPD) that extends Data Protector's deduplication capabilities up to PBs, and removes its dependency on hardware deduplication appliances, providing greater flexibility when implementing this functionality across different storage platforms that customers may have in their facilities.

Although Data Protector continues to support hardware deduplication devices. The new DPD functionality can help customers speed up their backup projects re-using their existing hardware to run high performance deduplication tasks. This development will allow customers to reduce their needs to invest on new hardware while meeting the demands of big data backup.

The strategy behind the development is to help organizations cope with ever-increasing workloads with a software deduplication solution that is easy to use, integrates seamlessly with systems, and can fit into existing infrastructure. The deduplication capability can be hosted on multiple media including physical, virtual, and cloud, and be on-premises or remote. Supporting Linux and Windows for source or target side deduplication this deduplication functionality is similar to that normally found only on deduplication appliances. Watch also "Data Protector Tips and Tricks Deduplication Best Practices".

Deduplication can slash backup windows and dramatically cut down on stored long- and short-term data, which also expands capacity and saves money. But it must be incorporated properly to be cost- and time-effective. Micro Focus Data Protector can do it, and it´s here to save customers' day! Don´t react, just act.

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